Promoting public interest and participation in the arts since 1961.
Archive of past events: 2004 through 2014
All children from 1st through 8th grade are invited to participate in the Global Harmony Summer Adventure Camp sponsored by Gualala Arts. Global Harmony Summer Adventure Camp will be held starting July 8 and continuing Tuesdays - Fridays through July 18, from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (9:15 a.m. first day). This program has been extremely popular in its past 20+ years.
Children will participate in 6 different art classes. Classes in the past have included: culinary arts, beading, drumming, mask making, portrait painting, and much, much more. We try to offer some new each year! Teachers and classes (as well as our theme) for 2014 are still being finalized. Check back here for updated info about the different classes. We are currently accepting application for teachers and assistants for this year's program.
Parents and grandparents are encouraged to sign students up in the spring. The registration and medical consent form is available online and at the Gualala Arts Center.
Last year Gualala Arts received 30 requests for scholarships to assist students in attending the program, all of which were granted. Sponsors included Westamerica Bank, Randy Owings in memory of Christina Smith Owings, Good Buy Clothes, Shepherd By The Sea Episcopal-Lutheran Mission, the generosity of the guests of the Sea Ranch Lodge through participation in the Good Night Foundation, and other individual donations. Thanks to these generous donations we have never turned away a child from the Summer Art programs.
This program also serves as a foundation for a lifelong interest and participation in the arts for many local children. A great example is Iliana Frida Clarissa Sanchez, who attended the Summer Art Program when she was six and every year thereafter. When she was too old to attend as a camper, she became a youth leader and found that her passion in life is teaching young children. She was awarded the MVP Group Leader Award at the 2012 Art Camp. One of the four winners of the 2013 Gualala Arts Scholarship Fund awards, she plans to attend City College of San Francisco with the dream of becoming an art teacher.
The Summer Art Program for Youth is always seeking additional financial support. If you would like to contribute, please contact Gualala Arts at (707) 884-1138 or email
A wide range of classes will be part of the 2014 Global Harmony Summer Adventure Camp, all taught by knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors.
Art of Beachcombing - Making Figurative Sculptures with Miriam Owen
Imagine we are a tribe of people living on the coast. To make figurative sculptures to highlight the region we are in, we will use the beach for resource material. The class will provide driftwood, dried bull kelp, shells and other found and fabricated objects for use in assembling a regional figurative sculpture.
Miriam Owen has lived in Gualala for 35 years. Beachcombing and making art went hand in hand for her. The first figures she made from kelp and driftwood were called Kelp People.
More one-of-a-kind mixed media figures ensued using driftwood and found materials from her urban beachcombing on the streets of San Francisco, where she now lives part-time.
Art Through the Ages with Arna Means
Experience through art what has been the legacy of cultures - prehistoric and primitive. Campers will get to recreate early visual art forms such as cave painting and drum designs using collage, printmaking, painting and charcoal.
Arna Means has a California teaching credential and has been teaching in public schools and other institutions for over 50 years. Her own art career has spanned many years and many media although she has a special connection to printmaking.
She has won numerous awards locally and beyond. She has lived on our coast for more than 23 years. You can visit her web site at:
Get Cookin' with Holly McCarroll-Baker
Campers will trace culinary history back to its roots and explore how and what peoples from around the world ate and how they cooked it.
Each day of class they will explore a different region and cooking style whether it be outdoor cooking over an open fire or eating with our fingers the adventure will be different every day.
Holly McCarroll-Baker is a personal chef and caterer who lives in Annapolis. She went to culinary school at Johnson and Wales University in Denver, Co. She and her husband also have an organic produce company in Annapolis Ca. She also worked for Michelle Obama during her Green Campaign in 2009. She has a baby boy and loves children and cookin'!
Rock My World - Song and dance with Katrina Van Walterop
Take a musical adventure around the world. Dance with sticks in China and Mexico. Sing and pass rocks in Africa. Europe offers many musical surprises. We can't forget the British Isles and Morris Sword Dancing. If you like the warm sun and sand, the Caribbean will also be one of our destinations. Pack your bags, grab your passport, and get ready to Rock My World.
Katrina Van Walterop made her debut at Summer Adventure Camp in 2013, and is thrilled to be coming back. She has taught public school music in Stockton and Modesto. Katrina is a certified Orff Schulwerk Specialist and has presented workshops on integration of curriculum with music and movement.
Hangin' Out Old School Style - The art of storytelling with Annan Paterson
Let's hang out and tell stories! We'll warm up our voices and get creative each morning with improvisational drama, and then we'll uncover and discover stories of our ancestors from around the world. We'll take turns telling stories that are fun, entertaining and meaningful to our lives today.
Annan Paterson has taught storytelling, public speaking and drama to children and teens for the past 25 years. She trained at U.C. Berkeley and is founder of the Actors Workshop of Fresno. She worked in the Novato schools before moving to the north coast in 2012. She loves helping youth discover their confidence and talents through self-expression and sharing their stories!
Sticks and Stone - Nature Inspired and Created Art with Jared Hendricks
Come and let the Mother Earth both speak to you and through you. Learn about yourself, and express your gifts, by creating art with natural objects. We will use things from the land to let both the ancient energies and ones of our own uniqueness come and speak to us. We will create sculptures, personal symbols and even walking staffs that will reflect and inform us on who we are, and the nature of our highest paths.
Jared Hendricks, metal sculptor and environmental "restorationist," has led art-in-nature retreats since 2002, focusing on young people exploring themselves. His strong belief is that young people are truly in the lead of our species rebuilding their relationship with the planet, and our relationships with each other. You can visit his web site at
The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.